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Admission free to RRRA members, £3 to non-members or free for anyone who joins at the meeting. Booking is recommended.

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There is car parking outside the building, and ample car parking elsewhere in the village.


Re-drawing the Map;

Establishing the True Course of the Roman Road in Hollybank Wood


Tuesday April 7th 2015, 8.00 p.m.; The Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate (all events are the same)

FULLY BOOKED


Thursday April 9th 2015, 8.00 p.m.; The Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate

FULLY BOOKED


THIS TALK HAS PROVED SO POPULAR THAT WE HAVE NOW ADDED AN ADDITIONAL DATE  

Tuesday April 14th 2015, 8.00 p.m. ; The Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate


The Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AX

Our Chairman, Mike Haken, will talk about the excavations that took place last year in Hollybank Wood, where a cutting on the Roman road from Ilkley to Aldborough was discovered. The work demonstrates that the Roman road almost certainly crossed the valley in a perfectly straight line, and did not bridge the R. Nidd near Hampsthwaite church as had always been thought.

Introducing the Yorkshire Roman Roads Project pilot study;

Ricknild Street; Fact or Fable

Wednesday February 18th 2015, 7.30 p.m.; Wetherby Town Hall, The Market Place, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 6NE

Saturday February 21st 2015, 2.00 p.m.; Hemsworth Community Centre, Bullenshaw Rd., Hemsworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 4NE

Our Chairman, Mike Haken, will give a brief overview of our understanding of the Roman road network in Yorkshire and then discuss Ricknild Street and our study. In 1344, Ranulf Higden listed Rikenildstrete as one of the four Great Ways of Britain going from St. David’s in South Wales to the Tyne estuary via Hereford, Birmingham, Lichfield, Derby, Chesterfield & York. It’s course as far as Chesterfield is known, but where it went through Yorkshire has always been a bit of a puzzle. Some 20 years ago, after part of it’s supposed course near Temple Newsam, Leeds, was revealed to actually be a late Bronze-Age or Iron-Age feature, it began to look like a myth. Recent discoveries, however, have given tantalising hints that  there may be something to it after all. Ricknild Street; Fact or Fable will attempt to discover the truth to Ricknild Street north of Chesterfield, where it went, whether it was Roman, or indeed if it existed at all.

The Archaeology of Dere Street; Recent Discoveries from the A1 Widening Scheme

Dr. Stephen Sherlock


Thursday March 19th 2015, 7.15 p.m.; Bedingfield Room, The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York.

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Stephen, Archaeological Clerk of Works for the A1 Widening Scheme, will report on the on-going programme of archaeological excavation undertaken by Northern Archaeological Associates, including the work at Catterick Bridge, which some may have seen on the recent Open Day, and other work a little further south at Bainesse. He will also bring us the latest on the intriguing discoveries at Scotch Corner, where a late Iron Age / early Roman settlement has been found, with material dating from the early AD60s (ie before the Roman invasion of Brigantia).

Introducing the Yorkshire Roman Roads Project pilot study,  Ricknild Street; Fact or Fable

Wednesday February 18th 2015, 7.30 p.m.; Wetherby Town Hall

Saturday February 21st 2015, 2.00 p.m.; Hemsworth Community Centre


The Archaeology of Dere Street; Recent Discoveries from the A1 Widening Scheme

Dr. Stephen Sherlock

Thursday March 19th 2015, 7.15 p.m.;  The Bar Convent,  York.


Re-drawing the Map; Establishing the True Course of the Roman Road in Hollybank Wood

Mike Haken

Tuesday April 7th 2015, 8.00 p.m.; The Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate (all events are the same)

Thursday April 9th 2015, 8.00 p.m.; The Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate

Tuesday April 14th 2015, 8.00 p.m.; The Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate


Of Networks and Nodes: the Place of Roman Aldborough

Dr. Mike Bishop

Wednesday April 15th 2015, 7.15 p.m.; Aldborough Parish Church, Aldborough, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

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Of Networks and Nodes: the Place of Roman Aldborough

Dr. Mike Bishop


Wednesday July 15th 2015, 7.30 p.m.; Aldborough Parish Church, Aldborough, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire


Mike Bishop has had a distinguished career as an Archaeologist & Romanist, excavating among other places, the Roman Fort at Roecliffe near Aldborough along the route of the modern A1, and of course at Chester-le Street. He is also a prolific writer about Roman military equipment, although last year he  published the ‘The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain’ which is well worth a read. Whilst the focus  of Mike’s talk will be Roman Aldborough and his thoughts on its place in the road network, the talk promises to be far-ranging covering much of what Mike has to say about Roman Roads in general. The talk is being held in conjunction with the Friends of Roman Aldborough.


Advance booking is recommendedAdmission will be free to members of ‘RRRA’ and ‘FORA’. Non-members pay £4.00 at the door. A raffle will also be held with two signed book prizes, kindly donated by Mike Bishop.


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